Encyclopedia Brown Solves Them All--The Case of the Missing Cluesexternal image 0553480804.01.LZZZZZZZ.gif
by Donald J. Sobol

1968 Puffin
video interview

  • Ages 7-10
  • Type: Chapter Book
  • Length: 17-page story within 96-page novel
  • Categories: Friendship, Concealing intellect, Mystery, Problem-solving, Social injustice
  • G/T Characteristics: Intrinsic Motivation,possesses a keen imagination, intellectual,curious

Main Characters
  • Encyclopedia Brown, 10-year old fifth-grade detective
  • Bugs Meany, leader of a gang of older boys
  • Mr. Brown, police chief and father of Encyclopedia
  • Abner Nelson, friend selling fruit from his red wagon

  • Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Encyclopedia-Brown-Solves-Them-All/dp/0142409200
  • Library Thing: http://www.librarything.com/work/33230
  • HBO aired an Encyclopedia Brownadventure last year, and the response was positive enough to lead to six new investigations by the boy detective, created by writer Donald J. Sobol for the young-adult set.
    Sobol's creation is a smart kid who updates Sherlock Holmes' powers of deduction to solve mysteries. HBO's interpretation of the character, however, transforms E.B. into a little wiseguy grappling with UFOs, ghosts, and loony inventors.
    This debut episode is typical: While on a camping trip, Encyclopedia encounters an eccentric toy-maker who lives in the woods, as well as a flying saucer piloted by a green alien in a cowboy outfit.
    The episode was directed by ''Savage'' Steve Holland, who wore out his television welcome with The New Adventures of Beans Baxter, an early series on the Fox network that strained for wacky hipness and failed miserably. Holland has directed Encyclopedia Brown the same way, filling the half-hour with corny sight gags and obtrusive references to David Letterman and Pee-wee's Playhouse.
    It's too hokey for its intended audience. There's nothing classic about Sobol's books, but HBO would do better to restore some of the more cerebral spirit of the stories to its adaptations.
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Personal Recommendation
  • I raised three sons who were avid readers of Encyclopedia Brown. "The Case of the Missing Clues" is an enjoyable pun on a hunt for "missing cherries" concealed in Bug Meany's greedy stomach.

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